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DHS Factor showcases local talent

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From page A8 | November 26, 2013 |

The Davis High Factor talent competition introduced new voices and dance abilities.

In their first time competing in a DHS event, sophomores Maya Krishnan and Dante Rivard took first place at the Nov. 21 contest with a riveting refrain and guitar accompaniment. Other contestants included Principal Will Brown, Davis Perez, Natalie Wheeler, Aaron Hertz, Adam Buderi, Nicholas Bachand, Josh O-Guinn, Xavier Berkeley, Tina Simpson and Scott Stone.

The event was a fundraiser for DHS Student Government, which is planning a trip to New York City in the spring.
Senior Maddie Asta, who headed up the DHS Factor committee, hoped for an enjoyable show, and got exactly that. With a turnout of about 50 people, Asta believes the night was a success.

“I wanted the performers to be able to get a chance to show off how talented they are, because they all really deserve it,” Asta said.

Memorable performances included Brown, who sang a 1960s mixed rap song, but with a twist. Having the spectators sing the chorus line, “you, you got what I need,” he encouraged audience participation to ensure a pleasing performance and fun night.

The band Float the Boat also received critical acclaim. Utilizing trumpets, an electric guitar and drums, the band brought a new energy and distinctiveness to the stage. Experimenting with a new song for the event, Perez was surprised with the audience’s positive reaction, and the resulting second-place award.

“The performance went well … but we could definitely work on our staging,” said Perez, a junior. “We wanted to do the instrumental because we think it is one of our best songs, and it showcases the horns, which is what makes our band different.”

Dancer Xavier Berkeley changed things up a bit with his seemingly boneless routine, in perfect sync to the beat of Miley Cyrus’ popular single, “We Can’t Stop.” Defying gravity and body limitations, Berkeley wowed with his risky moves.

Junior Tina Simpson, who won third place, showcased her previously hidden singer-songwriter talents with a vocal performance of her self-written song, “Not Today.” With good intonation and spot-on delivery, Simpson managed to excite not only the audience but also the judges.

On the judging panel were Kelly Christiansen, Christopher Lee and Kristin Swanstrom. Masters of ceremonies junior Sydney Maguire and sophomore Teddy Knox also demonstrated their superior experience and stage presence in the spotlight. With corny puns in between contestants and many cheesy but well-thought out plays on words, the audience took a special liking to the duo, cheering and whooping every time they appeared on stage.

DHS Factor committee member and senior Amani Lee was pleased with the results. Hearing and seeing new talent that she didn’t know existed in DHS, she remains grateful for the opportunity.

“The performers were excellent, very on point, very talented!” Lee said.

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